- 1A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.More example sentences
- Another similar myth is the story of Cybele and Attis.
- One well-known myth about Dionysus concerns the invention of wine.
- One Palauan myth recounts the story of a magical breadfruit tree that the child of the sun provided for his human mother.
- 1.1Traditional stories or legends collectively: the heroes of Greek mythMore example sentences
- Classic Norse myth is rife with stories concerning Loki's attempts to subvert Odin's authority, and Odin's retaliatory actions.
- In later Greek myth Hecate is presented as the daughter of Hera and Zeus.
- I think the timocratic structure of divinity in early Greek myth might be quite a good thing to apply to the tale of Eris, the apple and the Trojan War.
- 2A widely held but false belief or idea: he wants to dispel the myth that sea kayaking is too risky or too strenuous there is a popular myth that corporations are big people with lots of moneyMore example sentences
- One of the most widely believed myths in America today is the belief that corporations are an inherent part of capitalism.
- Allow me to dispel a few popular myths about US taxes.
- He said the average customers were men who gambled at weekends, dispelling the popular myth that housewives were behind the rise in the popularity of poker.
- 2.1A misrepresentation of the truth: attacking the party’s irresponsible myths about privatizationMore example sentences
- Both major political parties propagate myths about young people.
- In more recent times, myths and fabrications were used to justify America and Britain's Gulf War of 1991.
- I hope to see a few myths and untruths put to bed in 2004, but first a confession.
- 2.2A fictitious or imaginary person or thing.More example sentences
- His secret masters of the world may be a myth, but imagining they exist can make for an enjoyable reading experience.
- It should not surprise anyone if it turns out that Jean Houston's autobiography is a piece of fiction, a heroic myth spun by her imagination out of the fabric of her desires.
- 2.3An exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing: the book is a scholarly study of the Churchill mythMore example sentences
- Idealized, regressive myths of a better, more magical time and place are a poor platform for making art.
- There are myths and distorted concepts out there that may not be true.
- Racial conflicts are being encouraged with vastly exaggerated figures and myths.
mid 19th century: from modern Latin mythus, via late Latin from Greek muthos.